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Peru Reportedly Discussing Talks With Rebels

Compiled From Wire Services

Peru’s leaders showed signs of readying for talks with rebel hostage-holders Tuesday, with President Alberto Fujimori reportedly discussing asylum for the rebels and workers moving furniture into a house picked for negotiations.

Fujimori returned from a foreign trip in which he secured U.S. and Japanese support for his tough stand against the Tupac Amaru guerrillas, who are demanding that Peru release about 300 jailed rebels before they free their 72 hostages at the Japanese ambassador’s mansion.

Fujimori said on his return to Lima that he hoped to see the hostages freed unharmed soon. He promised to seek their release through “every possible, imaginable means.”

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